Casting talks continue for Tim Burton’s new film version of Dark Shadows, which will star Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins. According to Mike Fleming of Deadline.com, Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the owner of the mansion where the supernatural events unfold. Ms. Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992). A more recent leading lady, Burton’s partner and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter, is likely to join the Dark Shadows cast as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Fleming reports. Dr. Hoffman is a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders; initially a threat to the vampire Barnabas, she eventually becomes an ally who hopes to cure Barnabas of his thirst for blood.
Also on board for Dark Shadows, which should begin filming for Warner Bros. in May, are Eva Green as the witch Angelique, Jackie Earle Haley as con artist Willie Loomis, and Bella Heathcoate as Victoria Winters, the young governess of the Collins estate.
The Zone thanks Cindy for sharing the news; you can read more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum.